Air Center RESCUE is a personnel recovery (PR) and search and rescue (SAR) training SERVICE WITH FACILITIES in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Air Center Rescue is the dedicated training group with exclusive access to 1,000s of acres of public and private lands throughout the Flagstaff region. Based in Northern Arizona at an elevation of 7,000 feet, our training facility is uniquely situated to provide direct access to a tremendous range of challenging outdoor training sites. This includes narrow canyons, slick rock terrain, vertical cliff faces, Ponderosa Pine forest, remote sagebrush landscapes and snow-capped peaks soaring above 12,500 feet. These austere and demanding locales provide a unique opportunity for high-caliber PR and rescue training realistic environments. Besides providing critical pre-deployment training in PR and SAR, Air Center Rescue is also well prepared to deliver mobile training teams on-site worldwide at the request of the client.



Air Center Rescue is managed by a uniquely experienced team of core rescue personnel with specialized military and civilian backgrounds in PR and SAR activities. They direct a cadre of battle tested SME rescue instructors supported by highly qualified technicians.



Air Center Rescue also has the ability to incorporate the extraordinary aviation resources of Air Center Helicopters (ACH). Serving the federal agencies and the US military as a DoD CARB carrier since 1991, utilizing proven helicopters built to meet the challenging operational environments of our specialized customers.



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Air Center Rescue plans and develops training instruction and exercises to meet DoD joint training standards. Using the crawl, walk, and run concept of progressive instruction Air Center Rescue delivers training that includes facilitated classroom exercises and simulations, leading up to a live field training exercise (FTX).

• Capability to coordinate realistic military training (RMT) in urban, expeditionary, remote and austere environments.
• Access to Remote Airfields and Austere Settings.
• All Combatant Command Environments (except jungle).

• Outfitter capability to provide housing accommodations, food, transportation, and logistics support for training operations.
• Located in scenic Northern Arizona with unlimited recreational opportunities.

Helicopter Rescue

Helicopter hoisting operations, helicopter short-haul, heli-rappel, Special Patrol Insertion / Extraction (SPIE), and fast rope techniques. Use of rescue adjuncts compatible with for human external cargo (HEC).

Personnel Recovery/CASEVAC

Training and practical exercises focused on the five personnel recovery tasks to address individuals in an isolated situation:
Report • Locate • Support • Recovery • Reintegration

Helicopter Flight Services

Low-level day and night flight operations, unimproved takeoff and landings, brown-out conditions, high density altitude drop zones and landing zones.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Standards, capabilities, and deployment of UAS systems for SAR and SOF missions, including terrain and weather impacts. Established airspace with pre-authorized FAA Certificates of Authorization (COA).

High Angle Rescue Training

Anchor systems, personal rope travel skills, patient packaging and medical considerations for rescue, as well as lightweight commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rope rescue kits utilizing single rope techniques (SRT).



Air Center Rescue provides service to federal agencies, military customers,  and foreign customers. Our level of personal attention to our customers allows us to be familiar with operational requirements and the ability to customize training programs to meet unique customer needs.

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Delivering a superior training experience to our customers is critical at Air Center Rescue. The unique terrain in Northern Arizona permits Air Center Rescue to host realistic military training experiences that simply cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Government agencies worldwide recognize that this provides tremendous value to their units and supports the funds spent toward training personnel.


Air Center Rescue is dedicated to delivering training opportunities that are well-planned and involve the application of operational risk management (ORM) principles. This includes risk management through the implementation of mitigation strategies and planning for contingencies. Air Center Rescue has certified paramedics on staff and develops emergency plans in advance of operational training execution. Fleet aircraft offered by Air Center Helicopters are maintained by qualified mechanics meeting applicable FAA or DoD CARB flight requirements.

Training & Features


•Airborne Mission Coordination
•Rescue Mission Commander
•Rescue Coordination Center
•PR Operational Control
•Search Management
•Aviation PR
•Mass Casualty Incident
•Rescue Contingency
•Non-Conventional Recovery
•Incident Command System
•Low-Level Day/Night Flight
•Infil-Exfil Support
•Live Exercise Planning


• Turn-Key Logistics Outfitter for Training
• Personnel Maintain TS/SCI Clearances
• Rotary-Wing and Fixed-Wing Operations
• Unrestricted Airspace - UAS Deployment
• High Altitude Training Facilities
• High and Low Elevation Desert
• High Density Altitude Surveyed DZ/LZ
• Unimproved Takeoff and Landings
• Embassy EAP Training Venue
• Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations